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Marlins-Nationals Preview

Sep 5, 2009 - 5:57 AM By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer

Florida (70-64) at Washington (46-88), 7:05 p.m. EDT

A vocal clubhouse incident may have brought out the best in the Florida Marlins.

The visiting Marlins try for a fourth straight victory as they continue their weekend series with Washington Nationals on Saturday night.

Catcher John Baker homered and matched a career-high with four RBIs, while Hanley Ramirez drove in two runs in Florida's 9-6 victory in Friday's series opener.

The Marlins (71-64), four games behind NL wild-card leader Colorado, have not lost since second baseman Dan Uggla openly argued with Ramirez over the All-Star shortstop's perceived lack of commitment prior to Wednesday's 8-7 win over Atlanta.

Ramirez, who leads the NL with a .358 batting average, left Tuesday's loss to Atlanta with a hamstring injury, but delivered a pinch-hit RBI single in an 8-3 win over the Braves on Thursday. He had two hits Friday for the Marlins, who snapped a three-game losing streak against the Nationals (46-89).

"We get on each other, and I think it builds camaraderie," Marlins outfielder Cody Ross said. "We all love each other and support each other. Hopefully, maybe it lights a little fire under us and we can get on a roll."

Baker is 10 for 22 with seven RBIs in his last six games, and rookie Chris Coghlan is batting .440 during a 12-game hitting streak for Florida, which is averaging 8.3 runs during the winning streak.

"It's good when everybody's swinging the bat well at once. That's when we win games," Baker said. "We haven't really ridden any one player besides Hanley for the whole season."

Florida's Josh Johnson (13-4, 3.08 ERA) looks to remain perfect against the Nationals while trying to bounce back from a loss as he takes the ball in this contest.

The right-hander, who allowed three runs and struck out eight in 6 2-3 innings of a 5-2 loss to Atlanta on Monday, is 4-0 with a 3.83 ERA in eight starts against Washington - including 1-0 with a 4.30 ERA in four this season.

"Johnson is one of the top guys in baseball," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "You have to put him in the top five anyway, for me, in all of baseball and that's with some really good ones. He's that good. The kid is that good."

The Nationals counter with former Marlins' World Series hero Livan Hernandez (7-9, 5.26) in this contest.

Hernandez is 0-1 with a 3.21 ERA in two starts since the Nationals signed him after he was released by the New York Mets on Aug. 23. The 34-year-old right-hander allowed three runs in eight innings and took the loss in a 3-1 defeat at San Diego on Monday.

Hernandez, the 1997 World Series MVP for the Marlins, is 13-7 with a 3.41 ERA in 27 starts against Florida.

Adam Dunn had three hits and Josh Willingham hit his 22nd homer Friday for Washington, which was officially eliminated from postseason contention after matching a season high with its seventh straight loss.

Dunn is batting .341 with 12 RBIs this season against the Marlins, who are 10-3 against the Nationals in 2009. The slugger, however, is 2 for 11 with five strikeouts against Johnson.






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  • Nationals 5, Marlins 9 - FINAL
    FLORIDA ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    C Coghlan lf 6 1 3 0 0 0 1 .309
    C Maybin cf 2 3 1 1 2 1 1 .221
    H Ramirez ss 4 2 2 3 1 0 1 .359
    J Cantu 1b 4 1 3 2 1 1 0 .286
    J Baker c 4 0 0 0 1 1 6 .277
    B Sanches p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    D Ugg

    Sep 5 10:27 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIKE MORSE SCORED JUSTIN MAXWELL
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M MORSE ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 9
    WASHINGTON 5 BOTTOM,9TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: R ZIMMERMAN (.301, 1-FOR-4)

    Marlins 9, Nationals 5  Bot 9, 0 OutsSep 5 10:24 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY HANLEY RAMIREZ SCORED CAMERON MAYBIN
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, H RAMIREZ ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 9
    WASHINGTON 4 TOP,8TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: J CANTU (.286, 3-FOR-4, 2 RBI)

    Marlins 9, Nationals 4  Top 8, 0 OutsSep 5 9:49 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JOSH BARD SCORED WIL NIEVES AND PETE ORR
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, J BARD ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 8
    WASHINGTON 4 BOTTOM,7TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: W HARRIS (.224, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Marlins 8, Nationals 4  Bot 7, 0 OutsSep 5 9:30 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY WIL NIEVES SCORED ELIJAH DUKES
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, W NIEVES ON FIRST, P ORR ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 8
    WASHINGTON 2 BOTTOM,7TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: J SOSA (-, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Marlins 8, Nationals 2  Bot 7, 0 OutsSep 5 9:29 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JORGE CANTU SCORED CAMERON MAYBIN
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J CANTU ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 8
    WASHINGTON 1 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: J BAKER (.279, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Marlins 8, Nationals 1  Top 6, 0 OutsSep 5 9:01 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY BRETT HAYES (1) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 6TH OFF VICTOR GARATE.
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 7, WASHINGTON 1
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: C COGHLAN (.311, 3-FOR-3)

    Marlins 7, Nationals 1  Top 6, 0 OutsSep 5 8:53 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY HANLEY RAMIREZ (20) TO LEFT CENTER WITH
    2 OUT IN THE 4TH OFF LIVAN HERNANDEZ SCORED CHRIS COGHLAN.
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 6, WASHINGTON 1
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: J CANTU (.283, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Marlins 6, Nationals 1  Top 4, 0 OutsSep 5 8:28 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY CAMERON MAYBIN SCORED WES HELMS
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C COGHLAN ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 4
    WASHINGTON 1 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: H RAMIREZ (.357, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Marlins 4, Nationals 1  Top 4, 0 OutsSep 5 8:26 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY PETE ORR SCORED ADAM DUNN
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, P ORR ON FIRST, E DUKES ON SECOND, J
    WILLINGHAM ON THIRD, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 3
    WASHINGTON 1 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: W NIEVES (.253, 1 HR, 23 RBI)

    Marlins 3, Nationals 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsSep 5 7:55 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    FLORIDA 3 3 3 0
    WASHINGTON 0 0 0 (BOT 1)


    CURRENT PITCHERS: FLA - JOSH JOHNSON
    WAS - LIVAN HERNANDEZ

    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: W HARRIS (.226, 5 HR, 21 RBI)
    C GUZMAN (.297, 6 HR, 46 RBI)
    R ZIMMERMAN (.302, 27 HR, 91 RBI)

    Marlins 3, Nationals 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 5 7:24 PM